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Resonance
     

Resonance

by Taylor Eigsti
 
This CD is the perfect answer to the chronic complaint that the glory days of jazz are behind it. Taylor Eigsti, all of 19 years old, is full of fresh enthusiasm, ideas, and formidable technique, and Resonance, his national debut on Bop City Records, is nothing short of astonishing. Eigsti salutes the stride tradition in "Oleo" with precision and joy, and his

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This CD is the perfect answer to the chronic complaint that the glory days of jazz are behind it. Taylor Eigsti, all of 19 years old, is full of fresh enthusiasm, ideas, and formidable technique, and Resonance, his national debut on Bop City Records, is nothing short of astonishing. Eigsti salutes the stride tradition in "Oleo" with precision and joy, and his blazing answer to Chick Corea's question "Got a Match?" would be impressive in a pianist of any age. But despite his sensational chops, this is no show off CD, since Eigsti's talents go far deeper than dazzle: there's subtlety in his harmonic choices, imagination in his conceptions, and deep feeling in his playing. He knows how to build a solo, and is a talented, versatile composer as well (examples here include the urgent, funky "Avolation"; the thoughtful "Introspection"; and his heartfelt tribute to his "Uncle Smith.") Meanwhile, "Angel Eyes" is reharmonized and set in 7/4, while "Somewhere" and "Love Dance" benefit from new rhythms and energy. Eigsti's empathetic comrades John Shifflett (bass) and Jason Lewis (drums), his regular working band, are truly superb, and together created the sly, bluesy groove at the recording session that became "Juliette." "Cubano Chant" positively sizzles, and the swinging romp on "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" recalls Monty Alexander at his playful best. There are traces of Eigsti's other influences here and there, but they're only nods in passing, as Eigsti already has his own voice. Resonance may well make the young virtuoso into a national star; ideally, he will introduce authentic jazz to a generation that often confuses it with "smoothies." In any case, it's a terrific CD for anyone who loves the real deal.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2003
Label:
Image Entertainment
UPC:
0014381151824
catalogNumber:
1518

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Taylor Eigsti   Primary Artist,Piano,fender rhodes,Group Member
John Shifflett   Bass
Jason Lewis   Percussion,Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Fred Koller   Composer
Lowell George   Composer
Jeff Cressman   Engineer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Schmitt   Executive Producer,Remixing
Bud Spangler   Producer,Liner Notes
Thom Jurek   Author,Quotes Researched & Compiled
Gina Zangla   Art Direction
Taylor Eigsti   Liner Notes
Steven Saxton   Executive Producer
Bill Airey Smith   Engineer

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